Queensland (QLD for short) is one of the most popular states to visit on an Australia cruise due to its iconic cities and natural sites. Queensland encompasses the Great Barrier Reef to its north and the Gold Coast along its southern border. Along the way, you’ll find the exciting cities of Cairns and Brisbane. It’s a destination like no other, full of epic landscapes and wild animals.
Queensland cruises are an excellent way to visit this area of Australia. Like the rest of the country, Queensland is vast, and it takes time to journey from one part to another. QLD cruises let you bypass gridlocked roads and hectic airports while you sail in comfort from one sensational destination to another.
Some of Australia’s most famous sites are in the state of Queensland. You’ll see an array of nature’s most spectacular creations plus get the chance to explore beach cities and more during Queensland cruises.
The Great Barrier Reef is a can’t-miss site to see when touring Queensland. This epic reef system is the largest in the world and is home to a dazzling display of coral, plus a multitude of fish species and other sea life. Seeing it firsthand helps you understand why it is so important to the earth’s ecosystem.
The Whitsunday Islands, located off the northern coast of Queensland, are known for their swirling white sand beaches next to gleaming turquoise water. The most famous of the Whitsundays is the incredibly beautiful Whitehaven Beach that looks like a slice of paradise curving through the sea.
The Gold Coast refers to the southeast region of Queensland along the coast. It’s popular with surfers due to its excellent wave breaks, and loved by beachgoers for its miles of sandy shoreline. It’s also home to a number of amusement parks and hiking trails.
The Daintree Rainforest is a large rainforest located near Cairns. It’s a great way to spend the day in port for those who prefer a land-based nature experience. Daintree Island is home to a number of flora and fauna as well as a winding river.
Ports of call you might visit on Queensland cruises include Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Port Douglas, and Cairns. In addition, your cruise will likely visit a number of other ports of call in Australia and even New Zealand.
The best shore excursions offered on Queensland cruises give you an in-depth look at the natural scenery and beach culture of the region. Depending on your interests, you may want a leisurely day on the coast or an exciting journey to remote islands or through the vast rainforest.
See the incredible Great Barrier Reef from the vantage point of your choice on a shore excursion. Depending on your interests, you can choose a snorkeling tour of the reef or a helicopter ride over it so you can see just how expansive—and stunning—it is.
While in Queensland, get up close and personal with some of Australia’s beloved species by visiting an animal sanctuary or wildlife hospital. You’ll get to see kangaroos being rehabilitated and koalas dozing peacefully while learning about local conservation efforts.
If the cosmopolitan lifestyle is more your scene, learn all about big city living with a tour of Brisbane or Cairns during your Queensland cruise. A shore excursion will take you around city streets alongside a knowledgeable guide who will teach you about the history and modern culture of the city and region.
If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Queensland, you will need to apply for and get a travel visa called the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before arriving in Australia.
During your time in Queensland, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending some time near water. If visiting the reefs or islands, remember that animals and coral should be left undisturbed.
Our cruises to Queensland typically sail from September through April, which encompasses the summer months of Australia. If you want to time your trip for spring or fall, remember that the seasons are flip-flopped from what you’re used to if you live in the northern hemisphere.
When packing for Australia, include clothing for hot weather as well as some warmer layers if you’re traveling in spring or fall. You might also want to pack some long layers if you’re planning on doing any rainforest hikes to protect your skin from bug bites and tree branches. Wearing a rashguard alongside your swimsuit will help prevent sunburns if you plan on spending long periods of time in the water, such as snorkeling.